Here are my userpics. Everyone else is doing it, maybe I should, too. If you’re curious about what they are or what they mean, ask. Looking through them, I’ve realized that most of them are a kind of code, and maybe I’m the only one that gets some of them. That’s oddly appropriate.
For the third day this week, I went to the gym. Yay. I’m going to try and keep up the every-other day thing for a while and slowly ease up to going more often, just so I can use my groovy Ben Stiller/Starsky icon more often. Weight-training every other day is what you’re supposed to do, right? My mother always asks, after or as I go through some new health kick, “Do you notice a difference?” This is a particularly interesting question right now. First, I can say, from going to the gym, here’s the difference: I’m much more tired after I get home. Heh. And the next day, I want to burn down the third (ground) level of Wescoe hall so that I don’t have to climb the stairs to class.
In a larger health note, on October 20, I stopped eating meat*. I don’t particularly consider myself a vegetarian, because I’m not particularly careful about my consumption of things — I check some labels and stuff, but I don’t care whether my food touched someone else’s meaty wonder. The question I get about this is usually, “Why?” and I wish I had a better answer. The truth is, I’m not sure. I think there were a few factors, and I came home from a trip to Missouri, having eaten a big pork chop dinner, and couldn’t make myself bite into another hamburger. I don’t have any kind of “vegetarian agenda,” I’m not grandly opposed to humans eating meat or anything like that. I think the food chain is great. I just don’t want to bite into anything, uh, fleshy, right now. I have high hopes that someday, I will look at meat and not go “ah! no!” because I miss the taste of steak (until I start thinking about biting into it and the juices and… aaaaugh). I haven’t actually written anything about it before because I figured it would be a short phase.
This has caused me to reconsider my entire diet, which used to consist of a great deal of fast food cheeseburgers. Now, I eat about five things over and over, with some variety: black bean burgers, macaroni and cheese, scrambled eggs, cheese pizza, and salad. I also have a lot of spaghetti. The problem with not eating meat is that my protein intake, which was never where it was supposed to be anyway, shrunk significantly. So, for the first month or two, I paid close attention and ate lots of cottage cheese (excellent, excellent source of protein: 15g in a 1/2 cup!) and Luna protein bars and other proteiny stuff. At that point, I was also going to the gym pretty regularly, and really, I felt great.
Then Christmas break hit, and I went into a slump. No gym, lots of junk, and on and on. Well, now, I’m back to making a bit more of an effort. Yay.
*Two exceptions, both the same thing. At Christmas, I ate my dad’s lasagna, because the meat was all ground up and he’d worked somewhere near 6 hours on the thing. I later turned down my grandmother’s baked sausages and Bierocks, though.